Tom Brady showed his human side on Monday at Super Bowl LII Opening Night when asked about the radio host who was suspended for calling the quarterback’s five-year-old daughter, “annoying little pissant.”
When questioned on the fallout following WEEI host Alex Reimer’s derogatory comments, Brady said: “We all have careers and make mistakes. I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended,” ESPN reported.
The five-time Super Bowl champion who is striving for his sixth ring on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles went on to say: “I just thought it was not very appropriate … Look, I think we all go through our life and sometimes we say things we shouldn’t say or make mistakes, and that happens. I can express it and you move on.”
Reimer’s comment about Vivian, Brady’s daughter with supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen, came after the Boston radio host watched the Facebook Watch series “Tom vs. Time.”
Earlier on Monday, 40-year-old Brady cut short a regularly planned interview on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan Show” after sharing his disappointment with their colleague. “My daughter, or any child, they certainly don’t deserve that,” he said.
Reimer sometimes appears on the “Kirk & Callahan Show,” but made the disparaging remark on a different show last week.
Later Monday night surrounded by media at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Brady told reporters: “I certainly hope the guy is not fired … I just know everybody is real protective of their kids. I never stayed away from criticism. I understand that criticism is part of sports. But I certainly don’t think that my children or anybody else’s children deserve to be in that. And that’s what I said.”
Brady and the Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET, airing live from the U.S. Bank Stadium on NBC.